§ MR. BROADHURST (Nottingham, W)
I beg to ask the First Commissioner of Works whether any provision will be made in the contract for the new Post Office buildings in St. Martin's-le-Grand to ensure the observance on the part of the contractor of the rules and customs of the building trade as to working hours and rate of wages, and to prevent subletting and piece-work?
§ * THE FIRST COMMISSIONER OF WORKS (Mr. PLUNKET,) University of Dublin
It has never been the practice of the Office of Works to make provision in its contracts to insure the observance on the part of the contractors of the rules and customs of the building trade as to working hours and rate of wages, nor to interfere in any way between the contractor and those employed by him. We prohibit sub-letting, except with the consent of the Board, and we take care to restrict it within legitimate limits. I see no reason for departing from the usual practice in the case of the Post Office at St. Martin's-le-Grand.